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Navan Double for de Bromhead as Minella Indo jumps well for first chase win

January 18, 2020

Henry de Bromhead doubled his Navan score when last season’s star staying novice hurdler, Minella Indo (2/5), won his first event over racecourse fences in the Eco Friendly Cups Beginners Chase.

Following on from stable companion Punitive’s win thirty five minutes earlier, most of this three miler went very smoothly for Minella Indo and Rachael Blackmore.

She kept the former point-to-point winner wide on the front end, and the Beat Hollow gelding seemed to really enjoy himself jumping well.

Upped to three miles from the two and a half he contested when second on chase debut behind Laurina at Gowran, Minella Indo had to work from the last to see off 7/1 second favourite Captain Cj by a length and a half.

Morgan gets the praise after win on Punitive

January 18, 2020

About four and a quarter lengths separated the first five home and after an exciting conclusion the RacingTV FREE For A Month Handicap Hurdle at Navan went to top-weight Punitive.

Under Hugh Morgan, the Gigginstown House Stud-owned and Henry de Bromhead-trained 4/1 victor led and disputed.

The son of Shantou made a slight mistake three out and he was ridden at the next.

Edging ahead before the last, Punitive kept on well on the run-in, pressed close home before seeing off Sir Bob by half a length.

It was a length and three parts then to 11/10 favourite Cherif De L’Isle in third.

Last Race compensation for de Bromhead and Blackmore

January 12, 2020

Le Musigny gave his trainer Henry De Bromhead and jockey Rachael Blackmore a measure of compensation following an earlier defeat in the Grade 2 feature race as he caused a minor upset to win the concluding Racing TV Club Day Today Maiden Hurdle at Punchestown today.

De Bromhead and Blackmore were narrowly beaten in today's featured Grade 2 Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle with free-going runner-up Captain Guinness but did leave with a winner on the card as well-bred Le Musigny defied a 603 days absence to win on racecourse debut.

The French bred son of Anzillero is from a high-class French family and is a half-brother to Grade 1 winners Le Richebourg and Grands Crus and was unsuccessful for previous handler Colin Bowe in two point-to-points in April and May 2018.

The six year old was a race-day non-runner twice in 2019, firstly in a Kilbeggan bumper in June (due to a stone bruise) and again at Leopardstown on St Stephens Day (due to a vaccination error).

Today Le Musigny, backed from 14/1 to 12/1 on track, scored a half-length win over The Broghie Man and afterwards De Bromhead reported “he’s a horse we’ve always liked and always worked like a good horse but he’s just taken a bit of time.

Gigginstown bags 18th festive winner

December 29, 2019

Leading owner Michael O'Leary has had a Christmas bonanza and registered his 18th winner of the four-day festive spell with Eleazar Des Neiges landing the Ryans Cleaning Event Specialists Maiden Hurdle at Limerick today for trainer Henry De Bromhead and jockey Hugh Morgan.

The lowly race was confined to horses which had not finished first, second or third from at least three previous runs but nonetheless attracted many leading owners and trainers.

O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud owned Eleazar Des Neiges was joined by the Gordon Elliott trained Zambezi Fix, running in the colours of the Cheveley Park Stud while Champion Trainer Willie Mullins ran the John Magnier owned K'Chou Du Pecos Aa.

In the race Eleazar Des Neiges proved two and a half lengths too strong fro runner-up La Feline with 2/1 favourite Zambezi Fix managing just fourth and K'Chou Du Pecos Aa fifth.

Winning trainer De Bromhead was at Leopardstown where Cobbler's Way won a maiden hurdle and following Eleazar Des Neiges win, jockey Morgan reported “he jumped and travelled super and galloped the whole way to the line. He is improving all the time.”

Way wings last to give Blackmore and de Bromhead more success

December 29, 2019

Cobbler's Way got the cleaner jump at the last and powered home on the run-in to grab the spoils in the Maiden Hurdle at Leopardstown.

The Oscar gelding cut out the running in the two-and-a-half contest but 11/10 favourite The Big Getaway loomed large heading down the final flight.

A blunder at the last put him on the back foot and Cobbler's Way strode on, under Rachael Blackmore, to record a length-and-three-quarter success over the running-on Sempo.

The winner had been second to Andy Dufresne on his hurdling debut at Navan last month.

“Rachael got a great jump at the last and I don't think she had quite gone for him yet,” said de Bromhead

Fully Charged powers de Bromhead/Morgan Double

December 28, 2019

Fully Charged brought up a quick-fire double in Limerick for Henry de Bromhead and Hugh Morgan.

The 11/8 favourite led into the straight in the two mile five maiden hurdle and had the chasing Silk Worm off the bridle at the second last.

The grey gelding powered clear before the last and jumped it nicely to win as he pleased by 22 lengths.

Silk Worm was a remote second at 20/1 and she was eight and a half lengths clear of Soi Cowboy (25/1).

Hugh Morgan said: “He was a lovely ride to get and it was great for him to go and do it that easy. I didn’t realise how far in front I was until going past the line.

Jason the Militant battles to Victory in Limerick

December 28, 2019

Jason The Militant continued Henry de Bromhead's fine Christmas with a game success in the two mile maiden hurdle at Limerick.

Hugh Morgan's mount picked up the lead approaching five out, but was strongly pressed by both You Can Call Me Al and General Counsel, as the race hotted up with two flights to negotiate.

Jason The Militant got away best from that hurdle as General Counsel was less than fluent and You Can Call Me Al was tapped for toe.

General Counsel surged alongside, however, at the last and got his head fractionally in front on the run-in. 

Jason The Militant wasn't to be denied, though as he rallied on the inside close home to prevail by a neck at 4/1.

Rachael says see you later to rivals as she bags another Grade One

December 27, 2019

A Plus Tard (4/1, from 8s earlier in the day) was fancied by plenty and duly turned over Chacun Pour Soi in the (8/15 fav) in the Paddy’s Rewards Club “Loyalty’s Dead, Live For Rewards” Chase. 

A second Grade One winner of the Festival for Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore, last season’s Cheltenham Novice Handicap winner came on appreciably from his run behind Ballyoisin at Navan and kept on strongly from the last to finish three and a quarter lengths ahead of the market leader, who was having his first start of the winter.

Ordinary World (33/1) was another six and a half lengths back in third, with perennial visitor Simply Ned a distant fourth. 

The winner tried three miles in the spring when third to Delta Work at Punchestown, but showed plenty of pace here over this stiff 2m1f.

"He had some great runs last year as a novice, said winning trainer Henry de Bromhead, and I was happy with his first run back this season.

Notebook completes big double for Blackmore/deBromhead

December 26, 2019

Notebook maintained his unbeaten record over fences with a convincing victory in the Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown.

Having won twice at Punchestown, Notebook had no trouble stepping up to Grade 1 company, in the process taking the scalp of Fakir d'Oudairies and Laurina.

Given a confident ride by Rachael Blackmore, Notebook (7-1) travelled well throughout as Djingle set the pace.

Making her move after the third-last fence, Blackmore sent Henry de Bromhead’s six-year-old to the front at two out, from Royal Rendezvous and Fakir D’oudairies.

Those two got close, which resulted in Mark Walsh briefly losing an iron on the latter.

Aspire Tower looks exciting in Knight Frank Juvenile

December 26, 2019

Aspire Tower moved towards the head of ante-post lists for the JCB Triumph Hurdle following a dominant front-running display in the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown.

A high-class performer on the Flat for Richard Hannon and latterly Steve Gollings, the son of Born To Sea made a smart start to his jumping career with Henry de Bromhead at Punchestown last month.

Ridden from the front by Rachael Blackmore, the well-backed 15-8 favourite showed signs of his inexperience early on, but readily pulled clear from the home turn to land this Grade 2 by 18 lengths.

Paddy Power and Betfair cut de Bromhead’s youngster to 7-1 joint favourite from 20-1 for the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March, while BoyleSports go 8/1 joint favourite with Gary Moore’s Goshen.

De Bromhead said: “I thought he did it really impressively. He went a really good gallop and jumped great.

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